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Friday, May 1, 2009

FIDE Grand Prix:Nalchik:round 13 results, final standings

Here are the results from round 13 of Grand Prix in Nalchik:

Round 13

SNo. Name Rtg Res. Name Rtg
7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746 ½ - ½ GM Kamsky Gata 2720
8 GM Bacrot Etienne 2728 1 - 0 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2716
9 GM Svidler Peter 2726 ½ - ½ GM Grischuk Alexander 2748
10 GM Gelfand Boris 2733 1 - 0 GM Karjakin Sergey 2721
11 GM Eljanov Pavel 2693 0 - 1 GM Akopian Vladimir 2696
12 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2695 ½ - ½ GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2725
13 GM Aronian Levon 2754 1 - 0 GM Leko Peter 2751

Final Standings
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Final Ranking

Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts SB.
1 13 GM Aronian Levon 2754 ARM 8½ 54,25
2 1 GM Leko Peter 2751 HUN 7½ 47,25
3 3 GM Akopian Vladimir 2696 ARM 7½ 46,00
4 5 GM Grischuk Alex. 2748 RUS 7 46,00
5 8 GM Bacrot Etienne 2728 FRA 7 44,00
6 6 GM Alekseev Evgeny 2716 RUS 6½ 41,00
10 GM Gelfand Boris 2733 ISR 6½ 41,00
8 14 GM Kamsky Gata 2720 USA 6 39,50
9 9 GM Svidler Peter 2726 RUS 6 39,00
10 4 GM Karjakin Sergey 2721 UKR 6 39,00
11 2 GM Mamedyarov S. 2725 AZE 6 38,00
12 7 GM Ivanchuk Vassily 2746 UKR 5½ 36,25
13 12 GM Kasimdzhanov R. 2695 UZB 5½ 35,00
14 11 GM Eljanov Pavel 2693 UKR 5½ 34,75


Congratulations to GM Levon Aronian of Armenia for winning the tournament! His performance rating for this event was 2833. Due to this victory Aronian has moved on the third place in the general Grand Prix standings behind Teimur Radzhabov and Alexander Grischuk. Here are those standings: source:http://grandprix.fide.com/gp-standings.html Nalchik was the last event in the FIDE Grand Prix

Radjabov (AZE)

60

150

153⅓


3

363⅓

Grischuk (RUS)

105

45

153⅓

105

4

363⅓

Aronian (ARM)


180


180

2

360

Wang Yue (CHN)

153⅓

120

80


3

353⅓

Gashimov (AZE)

153⅓

65

110


3

328⅓

Jakovenko (RUS)


90

153⅓


2

243⅓

Mamedyarov (AZE)

105


80

55

3

240

Kamsky (USA)

60

120


55

3

235

Svidler (RUS)

85

90


55

3

230

Leko (HUN)



80

140

2

220

Karjakin (UKR)

60

90


55

3

205

Bacrot (FRA)

15


80

105

3

200

Akopian (ARM)

nc


15

140

2

155

Cheparinov (BUL)

35

45

50


3

130

Alekseev (RUS)

nc


35

85

2

120

Gelfand (ISR)


30


85

2

115

Kasimdjanov (UZB)

nc


80

20

2

100

Ivanchuk (UKR)


65


20

2

85

Eljanov (UKR)

nc


35

20

2

55

Navara (CZE)

35

15



2

50

Inarkiev (RUS)

15


15


2

30


The winner of the Grand Prix series at the end of 2009 will play the winner of the World Cup held in 2009 in an eight game match to become the challenger to the World Champion in a match to be held in the third quarter of 2010. Should the overall winner of the Grand Prix also be the World Champion at the end of the Grand Prix series in 2009, then the Challenger rights will go to the second placed overall in the Grand Prix. Should the second placed player in the Grand Prix also be the winner of the World Cup 2009, then the Challenger rights emanating from the Grand Prix will go to the third placed overall in the Grand Prix series. (source:
http://grandprix.fide.com/regulations.html

According to the Chessdom.com website:

World Cup Chess 2009

"The 2009 World Chess Cup, an integral part of the World Championship Cycle 2009-2011, will take place in Khanty Mansiysk from 20th November to 15th December. The tournament once again is a knock out event with 128 players. There shall be six (6) rounds of matches comprising two (2) games per round, with the winners progressing to the next round, plus the final seventh (7th) round comprising of four (4) games. The time control shall be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move from move one.

If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colours, two tie break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes on the clock for each player with an addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the scores are level after the games in paragraph 3. 8. 1, then, after a new drawing of colours, 2 five-minute games shall be played with the addition of 10 seconds after each move. If the score is still level, the players shall play one decisive sudden death game. The player, who wins the drawing of lots, may choose the colour. White shall receive 6 minutes, Black shall receive 5 minutes, without any addition. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared as winner.

Qualifying Events for World Cup 2009

There are 128 qualifiers (in order of priority): World Champion (Vishwanathan Anand) + four (4) semi-finalists from the World Cup 2007 (Carlsen, Shirov, Kamsky, and Karjakin), Women's World Champion (Alexandra Kosteniuk), World Junior U-20 Champion 2008 (GM Abhijeet Gupta), twenty (20) rated players, ninety (90) players from Continental Championships, seven (7) FIDE President nominees, four (4) organiser nominees.

For the purpose of deciding the 20 rated player qualifiers, as well as any replacements, the average from the following lists will be used; rating of July 2008 plus rating of January 2009 divided by 2. In case of equality two decimals will be taken into consideration. If the numbers are still equal then the number of games from the two periods shall be decisive. That means the player with the greater number of games shall qualify. If the numbers are still equal then the April 2009 list shall be decisive. If the Elo in this list is still the same, the player with the greater number of games in this list will qualify.

It is very probable that Anand and Kamsky decline participation as they are already qualified for the next World Championship cyclce. This is why there are special rules for the replacements. World Champion, semi-finalists of the World Cup 2007, Women's World Champion, World Junior U-20 Champion and rated players can be replaced only from the average rating list. Continental and Zonal qualifiers will be replaced from their respective events, except that in the Zonal Tournament, the replacement must have scored 50% or more in the Zonal event. Otherwise the place passes to the Continental Championship. The average rating list has priority if a player qualifies either from the rating list or a zonal/continental event.

World Cup 2009 pairings

For purposes of pairings the players shall be ranked according to the most recent rating list. In case of equality of two or more players, the player with the greater number of games played during the period covered by the list shall be higher seeded. In case of equal number, the order will be decided by the drawing of lots. Pairings shall follow the principle of top half vs. lower half reversed (1-128, 2-127...). Thus the highest ranked player of the top half shall play the lowest ranked player of the bottom half. The second ranked player of the top half shall play the penultimate ranked player of the bottom half.

Prize fund

Round 1 losers: 64 x USD 6,000
Round 2 losers: 32 x USD 10,000
Round 3 losers: 16 x USD 16,000
Round 4 losers: 8 x USD 25,000
Round 5 losers: 4 x USD 35,000
Round 6 losers: 2 x USD 50,000
Runner-up: 1 x USD 80,000
World Cup winner: 1 x USD 120,000 source

Total prize fund: USD 1 600 000

Note: According to the FIDE regulation 3.9.2 "A payment of 20% from the above prize fund shall be made to FI­DE." "

source:http://previews.chessdom.com/world-chess-cup-2009

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